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Garden zone July is the month gardeners look forward to most of all. Having suffered a miserable wet spring again this year, the sun has finally got his hat on. Hip Hooray! And wet springs always mean huge amounts of weeding, huge amounts of top growth on lawns, leading to huger amounts of rubbish to dispose of. Local councils are waking up to the idea of recycling for people without Volvo estate cars, and I must say how impressed I’ve been with the amount you can actually squeeze into a wheelie bin. Even more so if you’re prepared to get in it and make a bid for the Olympic trampoline squad for 2012. But do be careful when employing this method, as I recently took a very comic tumble after which I have been forced to adapt my method to allow for easier climbing. My Scottish Granny would call it a ‘louping on’ stone but it’s more recognisable as a pub garden bench. Don’t use bicycles, or a trip to the local A+E department could ruin an otherwise perfect weekend. Now, in July, is a good time to tackle the hedges if you have them. Shame on you if you’ve done it earlier in the season because they provide excellent habitat for nesting birds. Imagine someone waving a petrol hedge trimmer over your newborn brood in the nursery. Where it is possible, use a ground sheet to catch your clippings. To eliminate the raking up time can effectively cut the work in half. It’s not always possible where there are planted beds beneath, but if you can, just lift your tip sheet straight into the bin (or Volvo). Once that’s all done, the hotter weather should mean a great reduction in weed germination. The lawn 4

may well oblige our lazier gardeners by burning off entirely, completely removing any need to do anything at all. Then we look forward to what professional gardeners regard as ‘the easy season’. All you should really be doing is cleaning out the BBQ ash in preparation for the following weekend’s next social triumph. If you must water things, then the high pressure hoses also double as a very effective cat deterrent. Sorry cat lovers but it’s true. Other than that, lie back on your sun lounger B&Q special and wait for your significant other to get back from Tesco with the supplies. Written by Alistair Hewitt Project5:Layout 1



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The lowdown Remix was packed for The Inbetweeners Ball, with an amazing CO2 freeze jet and laser party and lots of surprises! Teenage reporters Charly Luck and Jasmine Bual caught up with two of the visiting stars from hit TV show ‘The Inbetweeners’.


Joe Thomas, how did you land the role of Simon in E4’s hilarious show ‘The Inbetweeners’?


I was in a comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival, which was really fun. I was approached by a producer of ‘The Inbetweeners’ who asked me to audition, and I got the part!


So what do you think of tonight’s event at Remix?

It’s fantastic! We love it that people love the show so much, and that real teenagers are here tonight – just like in the show. It’s wicked.


What are your plans for the future?

Another series of ‘The Inbetweeners’, definitely, but it hasn’t been written yet. Also all four of us – me, Will, Jay and Neil – are going on holiday for the weekend, for a well-deserved break!


Finally, Joe, it has to be asked… would you rather be a bus-w***er or a briefcasew***er?


Definitely a bus-w***er – public transport is the way forward, what with the environment and all that!


Henry Lloyd-Hughes, you play the part of psychotic school bully Mark Donovan – how does it feel to be the bad boy of the show, and are you like your character in any way?


It’s great, I enjoy playing a non-likeable

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As fans of ‘The Inbetweeners’ will know, Simon is hopelessly besotted with Carli (played by Emily Head) – they seem to be getting on fine at Remix though!


What do you think of the series, now that you’ve watched it back?


I don’t understand how people say they can’t watch their own stuff because I absolutely loved it, it was brilliant!


Is there a lot of drama offscreen?

Now that the interview is over, Jasmine and Charly enjoy chilling out with Joe. A big thank you to Lewis at Remix for a fantastic night out that included an opportunity to meet the cast of ‘The Inbetweeners’ and Tony Adkins (Simon Cowell’s bodyguard), surprise performances by solo artist Young Nate and upcoming band The Ruskins, and the unexpected arrival of Luke Pasqualino (Freddie from ‘Skins’).

Oh there’s high drama! The filming is very


stressful because you have to remember your lines and there are loads of schedules, which can stress people out. But we did have a lot of fun making the series.

What’s next for you?

Another series of ‘The Inbetweeners’, of


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Stevenage a new town? Stevenage is best known for being the first ‘New Town’ in Britain but in fact its history goes back much further than that. We know that people were living in this area at least two thousand years ago and probably before. A Brief History The first major habitation of the area that we know of was with the arrival in this area of a group of Belgic/Roman settlers in around 80 BC. In the late 1980s evidence of a Roman settlement at Chells was discovered, including a hoard of hundreds of coins. This site has now been built on, but you can still see ‘‘the Six Hills’’ which are thought to be 2nd century burial mounds beside the Roman road from London. Stevenage was first centred around the St. Nicholas church area. The settlement was probably begun during the 7th century by members of the Hicce tribe from Hitchin and was known as Stichenaece which means Strong Oak. The village later moved away from the church to take advantage of trade along the old Roman road, which became the Great North Road. In the 18th century Stevenage was an important coaching stop on journeys between London and the North. Coaching inns in the High Street included the White Lion, the White Hart, the Coach & Horses, the Swan posting house (now the Grange) where Pepys once stayed, and the Old Castle (now the National Westminster Bank).


By 1946 the small country town of Stevenage had a population of only 6,000, mainly living in and near the High Street and a few large houses to the south and north.

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The New Town In 1946 Stevenage and the little village of Shephall, with their good communications and south-facing slopes, were designated the first New Town. It was one of eleven proposed satellite towns designed to provide housing for Londoners after the bombing of the Second World War. Different parts of the town reflect changing planning ideas, eg. Bedwell (1951-7) has a ‘suburban’ type lowdensity lay-out whereas Pin Green (1964-70) was built to the high-density Radburn plan. Stevenage was the first town to have an all-pedestrian shopping centre, cycleway system, roundabouts at all major junctions and an ecumenical worship and community centre (at Pin Green). Much of Stevenage’s success has been due to its industry and commerce, and the town is home to many major companies, providing employment for the people of the town and from further afield.

Find out more about the history of the town with a visit to Stevenage Museum…

• Listen to your favourite sounds of days gone by in our record sound booth. • You can activate a sound point and listen to memories of Stevenage in days gone by. The Museum also has changing temporary exhibitions. Our summer exhibition ‘Comic Book Superheroes’ has just opened. Come and have your photograph taken next to Batman and have a go and drawing Manga characters. We are situated beneath St. Andrew and St. Georges church on St Georges Way. The entrance to the Museum is ramped and all displays and activities take place on one level. The Museum has a welcoming and family friendly atmosphere. Admission is FREE and is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Stevenage Museum is a vibrant and lively asset • Spend some time in the mini cinema and watch to the town. Without a doubt, WELL WORTH A archive footage of the Old Town in the 1930’s, VISIT! Stevenage at War and the Vincent H.R.D story. Stevenage Museum St Georges Way, Stevenage SG1 1XX • For younger visitors you can travel through Tel: 01438 218881 time as you follow the gallery trail of ‘Sam and Fax: 01438 218882 the Magic Mirror’. • Visit a room set of a 1950’s kitchen and lay the table for tea.


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The villages of Knebworth, Woolmer Green, Welwyn, Datchworth and Oaklands all benefit from outstanding pre-school and primary schools, which educate, in total, over 1200 children. But that is only part of the story. Sadly, there are no secondary schools in any of these villages to enable children to capitalise on the excellent start that they have already made in their education. Due to the distances between the villages and the nearest existing secondary schools with their huge catchment areas, most of the places are already allocated long before our choice of schools can be considered. The result of this is that many families move away from the area in pursuit of better school options. If they do stay many are left deeply dissatisfied with what they are offered. There is also an important environmental issue because, getting kids to classes and home again can mean a drive of at least twenty minutes, four times a day, usually involving rush-hour traffic. The journey is well beyond walking or cycling distance for village children. Needless to say, families in the area are desperate for a local secondary school to serve their needs. The good news is that an ideal site for a new secondary school has been identified. Situated between Knebworth and Woolmer Green, it is both within easy, and safe, walking distance for the majority of children in our villages and would also provide daily exercise There is also the potential to greatly reduce the number of unnecessary car journeys within the area (currently many hundreds daily), contribute to reducing pollution and help protect our precious environment. The new school would be established as a centre


of educational excellence. It would be an amazing place for our children and of huge benefit to the entire community. it We are intent on providing, playing fields, open green spaces, woods and a range other of other community facilities within the scheme for the parents and surrounding villages to enjoy. The obvious need for a secondary school was recognized over a hundred years ago when Knebworth Estate with their architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, drew up plans for the creation of Knebworth. Plans unrealized following the First World War. There is no doubt that we would all benefit from the enhanced education and leisure facilities that a new school and its recreation areas would provide. We have a dedicated team in place, working hard to ensure that this school comes into being. However, there is much work to do. Please support our campaign, and help make Lutyens’ vision, and the dream for all our children, a glorious reality. For further information, or to see how you can help, please visit our website at: There, you can also follow links to our petition, blog and contact pages. On behalf of all our villages, thank you for your interest and support.


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Benslow Music Trust As a comparative newcomer to the organisation, I often hear Benslow described as Hitchin’s – or even music’s - best kept secret. That it is a secret at all is slightly surprising. Because for over thirty years the lovely old Victorian mansion which is the home to Benslow Music Trust, an independent charity, has been visited by tens of thousands of amateur musicians who come here to play music, most but not all of it classical, and to improve their standards by working in groups with some of the top professionals in the business. It’s something to shout about.   In fact our origins go back almost exactly eighty years, to the founding of the Rural Music Schools Association in Hitchin in September 1929.  This outfit stood for the same principles as those we stand for today: the cultivation of amateur music making.  For despite modern life’s many  distractions, playing music remains an instinctive, deeply pleasurable activity. That’s why people from all over the country and beyond – some complete beginners, some of near-professional standards - eagerly beat a path to our door to take part in one of our year-round residential or day courses.   Benslow forFrom Local And we offer more Music than coursesTrust for playingad. musicians. JanuaryInsight 2010 we’re presenting regular afternoon study sessions on the third Saturday of each month, when world-class authorities talk about specific aspects of music to music-lovers, local students and anyone who is Deadline interested in finding 20/05/09 out a little bit more. We also promote top quality concerts, given by artists of international standing, at bargain prices.  And we’re home to an Instrument Loan Scheme, which provides high quality instruments to the most talented young musicians in the land. There’s a lot there to make me proud to be part of Benslow, and to make Benslow proud of being part of Font used – Verdana Hitchin’s, North Hertfordshire’s and the nation’s cultural landscape. Let us be a secret no more.   ByEmailed: Stephen Pettitt Head of Music at Benslow 

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16th – 19th July 2009 Henham Park Estate, Southwold, Suffolk

ARTS ADDITIONS LITERARY ARENA ~ Vivienne Westwood ~ Sir Peter Blake ~ Patrick Neate ~ ~Hardeep Singh Kohli ~ If: book The Future Of The Book ~ IN THE WOODS ~ ‘Faeries’ An ROH2 commission by Will Tuckett ~ FILM & MUSIC ARENA ~ Molly Nyman & Harry Escott ~ CABARET ARENA ~ Ida Barr ~ Miss Behave ~ Jonny Woo ~ Timberlina ~ ~ David Mills ~ London Swing Dance Society ~ ~ Dusty Limits ~ Kalki Hula Girl ~ Sarah Louise Young ~ ~ Revealing Eve ~ Ward & White’s Karaoke Circus ~ Sounds ~ ~ Familiar Music Quiz ~ Musical Bingo ~ POETRY ARENA ~ Daljit Nagra ~ Aidan Moffat ~ Ventriloquist ~ ~ Writers’ Centre Norwich – Kei Miller & Roger Robinson ~ ~ Nathan Jones and Wave Machines ~ THE WATERFRONT STAGE ~ DanceEast presents Les Moutons ~ Riccardo Meneghini ~ OUTDOOR THEATRE ~ La Prima Donna ~ The pioneering, award-winning Latitude Festival returns to England ’s Sunrise Coast for another spectacular year. Taking place on 16th – 19th July, near Suffolk ’s stunning seaside town of Southwold , organisers Festival Republic are promising Latitude will be the perfect British summer destination. LITERARY ARENA Latitude celebrates the art of the written word and all of its many splendid facets at Suffolk ’s now legendary library by the sea. Like all good books, the Literary Arena will transport you to the far reaches of your imagination guided by the storytelling talents of the very best authors and special guests scheduled for the weekend. Discussions, Q&As, stories and comic genius are the order of the day for these book readings with a difference. Immerse yourself in Latitude’s literary world and learn, explore, laugh and discover at the best literary event of the summer. The grande dame of fashion Vivienne Westwood will be reading from her challenging and thought-provoking manifesto 'Active Resistance to Propaganda' in Latitude's Literary Arena. A collection of essays it is full of ideas about art and culture that claims to "...penetrate to the root of the human predicament and offer the underlying solution." It appeals to every human conscious to help cultivate and rescue the environment while we still can, using art and urging people to make changes in their own lives to help change the world. She will be interviewed onstage and there will also be the chance to ask any of those burning questions in a Q&A with the audience.

Sir Peter Blake will be in conversation with Mark Ellen discussing his life and work. Initially, Sir Peter Blake may have been most acclaimed in the general public’s eyes through his design of The Beatles ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album sleeve (1967), but continued to produce art for the Band Aid single in 1984, Paul Weller’s ‘Stanley Road’ album a decade later and the late Ian Dury tribute album in 2001 who was highly influenced by Sir Peter Blake’s work. Sir Peter Blake has taught in numerous establishments and currently lives and works in London . FILM & MUSIC ARENA Uniting alternative worlds of cinematic wonder, musical splendour and visual brilliance, the Film & Music Arena is an exhilarating and intoxicating centre of creativity. Over the festival weekend the Arena will play host to screenings of award winning films, documentaries and shorts with Q&A sessions plus discussions with acclaimed directors and writers. These will be interspersed with musical treats and stunning, transfixing visuals combining together to create a seductive, sensory playground for all ages. Famed composers Molly Nyman and Harry Escott will be presenting some of their award-winning music to Latitude audiences. A creative partnership Molly and Harry began working as a team in 2001 and over the past few years they have composed music for a number of award winning and critically acclaimed films. In 2008 they composed the score for Poppy Shakespeare, a BAFTA nominated TV film for Channel 4, and completed the score for the current film ‘Shifty’, for which they received a BIFA (British Independent Film Award) nomination for best score. The film is currently enjoying widespread acclaim since its general release in April 2009. Musical Bingo is the latest interactive event from the Bring & Share crew. It’s as simple as it sounds - imagine the kind of bingo grandmas have played since time began, but with songs instead of numbers and a mixed up soundtrack with anything from Johnny Cash to Roisin Murphy and Dizzee Rascal to David Bowie. The sessions have been running with much success over the past 18 months testing musical knowledge and uniting people at The Lock Tavern, The Amersham Arms, as well as many summer festivals. Stop in for a quick game and see if you’ll be the first to call ‘House!’

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Film zone DVD and film reviews So how’s July looking? Well I can tell you this its festival time in Hitchin which includes the film festival. So you will be able to catch “Slumdog Millionaire” if you haven’t seen it already. There’s also a showing of the rock sixties classic “Woodstock” which includes appearances by The Who & Jimi Hendrix amongst many other icons at the famous and legendary concert. There’s also “Housewives choice” a ration book documentary and Old Hitchin on film. So a varied and interesting bunch of things to see. Catch you there I hope. Other things, well I will have just returned from New York when you read this. Where hopefully I will catch some new stuff. For now we have “Last Chance Harvey” “Coraline” and Terminator. Grab a look. P.S – Unashamed plug for the festival all tickets from the Hitchin Initiative or Barleycorn All My Life by Tony Phillips Basically extracts from my autobiography Waterstones Hitchin 7pm July 2nd A meeting of Giants Superb guitarists Ben Smith and Andy Skelton together and me as compere with a few songs Sir John Barleycorn music & food & Drink from 3pm July 12. Lastly Don’t miss this – The Glen Miller Mystery Market theatre sun street July 19/20 8pm Telstar: Cinema Yes I was there, so I’ll start with a question: Who turned down The Beatles, passed on Tom Jones and constantly argued with a young Chas before Dave? Plus your’s truly came under fire from him? Answer Joe Meek the 1950’s/60’s independent record producer whose rise & fall is beautifully caught by director Nick Moran in “TELSTAR”. This all British movie really captures the 50’s/60’s


era of coming in to London to be a star. Telling the tale of record producer ego maniac Joe Meek. The whole thing is beautifully done with Con O’Neil as Meek giving an ace performance. As we watch his rise & fall in the world of pop. One is easily transformed back in time to that fickle period. Country boy Meek struggles to find that sound, and does via hits like “Johnny Remember me” and “Telstar” which goes to number 1 in the U.S.A. which is pre Beatles. His achievements were huge but flip over to the B side, & he was weird and frankly “nuts”. Struggling with his homosexuality, which helps to bring him down & bad business deals he’s on a journey to doom. Which he proves when he shoots himself & his landlady (Pam Ferris). It’s all here his battles with Clem Cattini and Chas (before Dave) of The Outlaws. His love for the peroxide Heinz, & his clashes with the major (Kevin Spacey) indeed I rowed with him myself. He was summed up at a Q & A session. A sound genius but a musical moron. One flaw, who ever cast that actor as Billy Fury wants talking too. “Billy Fury was sexy”. **** Last Chance Harvey: Cinema So there was myself and a lady who walked out at the end of the film in tears. She said to me “wasn’t that lovely, I think you have to be a certain age to appreciate it” Well I’d like to think she is wrong when it comes to the latter. It is a lovely film, it’s a simple tale but with two great stars in the leads it’s got that extra ingredient called class. In one sense it’s a look back to the time of stars like Tracy & Hepburn who did this kind of picture so well. Harvey (Dustin Hoffman) is a jingles composer who dashes to London to his daughters wedding and whilst en route he is intercepted by Kate (Emma Thompson) whose mission is to get air passengers thoughts on their journey. He’s rude she is kind so no go there. Once he’s at the wedding he feels

Hannah Montana – The Movie: Cinema Based upon teen cult television programme here is the movie, well we had Bond and Flash Gordon – God, that dates me. The youngsters have got! My granddaughter said to me only the other day “mum wont let me see the movie as its American trash” that’s probably going a bit far. Basically Hannah or Miley Stewart – real name Miley Cyrus is bought back down to earth by her daddy (Billy Ray Cyrus) he removes her from the glamour and dumps her back in Tennessee. Reason – to regain her home spun values. How she copes and Terminator Salvation: Cinema Well there have been a lot of these over what life she chooses is there for you to love or not. Finally … the wig? *** the years… Terminators I mean, why even the governor of The International: DVD California dear old Arnie has been In the 1970s I recall standing alone involved. This time its child actor turned and looking up to the glass ceiling in Batman who is on show – namely Christian Bale. the Guggenheim art museum in New In 2018 – Not far away! Machines have ravaged York , and thinking imagine if that lot and laid waste to the world. However there shattered. So you could say that the are a rag tail bunch of fighters who resist the bizarre thought came true, as one of the most monsters. Yes the leader is Bale, he comes face to spectacular shoot outs in movie history takes place face with the main machine Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington) who believes he’s human. This is very in that same venue and there is glass & bodies all over the place. Question… Why did the police dark and disturbing and will keep you watching. There’s lots of excitement and special effects so if Sci take so long to arrive? Interpol agent Salinger-great name (Clive Owen) & DA (Naomi Watts) join forces Fi is your bag then its for you. *** to investigate the activities of a global bank whose dealing include financing terrorist groups and far Coraline: Cinema worse. The trail takes them from New York to Berlin, This excellent animation though first Milan & Istanbul. “You control the debt you control class is a little scary and rather creepy. In other words you have been warned everything “is their password. The bank are aware meaning I don’t think it’s suitable for the of Salinger & co so put out their own hit squadhence the glassy shoot out-which is great. Everything very young. Be careful what you wish for applies here as Coraline whose bored with teen resolves with our dear old friends the Mafia hosting the final vouches. This stylish & taunt thriller is a must life (Really!) finds a secret door in her wall that leads with Clive Owen proving once more that maybe he’s to a parallel world that includes a very frightening a future Bond (shave first though Clive) it has an edge mother and father and other scary things. With of 007, Bourne and even Hitchcock all thrown in. My voices from Teri Hatcher and other big names favorite line “Sometimes a man can meet this destiny directed by Henry Selick it’s an odd piece. **** on the road he took in the first place “by the way watch out there will be sequel or two. Night at the museum 2: Cinema Excellent ***** If you have seen the first one then you know what to expect. More of the same except its in a larger museum the Smithsonian in Washington DC, lots of fun and frolic. Custer gets a look in this time. Ben Stillers …. Ben Stiller, if you know what I mean. *** totally out of the event because stepdad is very much at the helm. The next day he misses his plane home and meets up with Kate again, and so via one-liners and on the spot comments he attempts an apology and so begins a bizarre relationship that ends in hope. Along the way Dustin delivers one of the most heart felt speeches that I’ve seen on film and Emma is just a delight. I almost felt at times that I wanted to put my arm around her and say its ok you’re so nice and she is.****


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The teams looked great in the kit provided by the tour sponsors.

‘Le rugby’: Hitchin boys do us proud in Paris Seventy sports-mad pupils from Hitchin Boys’ School did us proud in this year’s Junior International Rugby Festival, held in Paris. During the Easter break, three teams from Hitchin Boys’ School participated in an international rugby tournament in Paris. The trip started in style, with the boys sporting tour ‘hoodies’, colourful wigs and hats as they boarded the tour bus. Determined not to be outdone by the players, the teachers also wore the tour hoodies, nicely topped off with Elvis hairdos and sunglasses!

The boys and their teachers took time out from rugby training to visit the Disney Park.

All the boys put in a sterling performance on the pitch, throughout the tournament. Chris Bajak Sports teacher


The boys unwind at the Davy Crockett Ranch after training. All the boys played their socks off throughout the tournament and the results for the three teams make impressive reading: • U  14 Shield Competition Winner – beating Denstone College by three tries to two • U  13 International Runner-Up – the ‘A’ team lost to South Gower 5:0 in an intense final • U  13 Shield Competition Third Place – the ‘B’ team put in a spirited performance in all their matches and never gave up. Each day, after the rugby, the boys were given the opportunity to visit the two Disney parks. On the final night of the tour, they were treated to an awards dinner at Planet Hollywood, where all three Hitchin Boys’ School teams picked up awards. To cap it all, Year 8 pupil Chris Woodham picked up the Referees U13 Spirit of the Game Award. Chris Bajak said: “The 70 boys were a credit to their school, both on and off the pitch. They all looked the part, too – and on behalf of the boys I’d like to say a huge thank you for the £4,000 worth of kit that was generously provided by our tour sponsors: Options Kitchens and Bathrooms; MBDA; JJ Burgess and Sons; and Tylers Sportswear (St Albans).”

Hitchin Boys’ School teachers ‘did it their way’ when they met former Ireland rugby captain Keith Wood!

The master class session was brilliant, I trained with Jason Leonard, England’s most capped forward, and what a training session it was. Then we had a team training session with Zinzan Brooke and Robert Jones – it felt great running straight into Zinzan and knocking him back about 10cms. James Skirrow Year 8 pupil


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